Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to get a pool safety certificate?
Yes, every pool and spa with a depth of 300 mm in Queensland is required to have a valid Pool Safety Certificate before 30th November 2015 or prior to sale or lease. This includes both permanent and temporary pools or spas. Pool safety certificates are valid for two years for a non-shared pool (normal single House or Unit Pool) or one year for a shared pool (multi-tenant user pools e.g. Resorts and Holiday Units) If you are not selling or leasing a property with a pool you do not require a pool safety certificate – However, you are obliged by law to ensure that your pool area and barriers are compliant with the Qld State Government Pool Safety Legislation at all times. The laws do not apply to wading or ‘blow-up’ pools if they cannot be filled with water to a depth of 300 mm, cannot hold more than 2000 litres of water and do not have a filtration system.
How long does it take to get a Pool Safety Certificate?
You will be given a pool safety certificate within 2 business days from the inspection if your pool is compliant.
What happens if my pool fence/barrier is found to be non-compliant?
You will be given a non-compliance notice outlining where your pool fence/barrier is non-compliant and recommendations to fix the non-compliance issue(s) in order to make it compliant. You have 90 days to get the remedial work done for your pool to comply and have it re-inspected.
What happens if I do not rectify the pool within the 90 day period?
The pool safety inspector must notify the local council and forward a copy of the non-compliance form within 5 days after the expiration of the 90 day period.
If I am buying a property with a pool, is the vendor required to provide me with a Pool Safety Certificate?
The seller has 2 options; Provide notice of “No Pool Safety Certificate” and present this to the buyer. The buyer will then become responsible for obtaining a pool safety certificate within 90 days of the contract settlement date OR Provide the buyer(s) with a copy of a valid Pool Safety Certificate.
Do I need to display a CPR sign?
Yes, every private pool and spa in Queensland must have a CPR sign displayed near each pool.
Do I need to register my pool or spa?
Yes, every private pool and spa in Queensland must be registered.
How do I register?
Go to qbcc.qld.gov.au to check if the pool has been registered in the Pool Safety Register. If your pool isn’t registered, simply enter the property details online. For assistance registering a pool, call the QBCC 24/7 on 139 333.
What happens if I don’t register my pool?
If you don’t register your pool or spa, an on-the-spot fine of $235.60 may be issued or a maximum court penalty of $2,356.